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Accused St Thomas killer cop pointed gun at police constable

Published:Wednesday | September 19, 2012 | 11:10 AM

Barbara Gayle, Justice Coordinator

The Crown has revealed that accused St Thomas killer cop Dwayne Smart had pointed a loaded weapon at a police constable during the confrontation in St Thomas on September 1 in which a pregnant woman was shot dead.

Crown counsel Sasha-Marie Smith made the disclosure in the Home Circuit Court this morning while successfully opposing a bail application by Smart’s lawyer Valerie Neita Robertson.

Reading from a statement by a Constable Moncrieff, Smith said the policeman was going to the assistance of Corporal Smart during the fracas when the weapon was pointed at him.

In the statement, Moncrieff said he became fearful and backed off and that it took the efforts of Smart’s brother who is a district constable for the corporal to hand over his firearm to police.

But Smart’s attorney insisted that her client was under attack.

Neita Robertson also said the police corporal had a torn shirt to support his claim.

However after listening to the arguments, Justice Lloyd Hibbert said given the circumstances, he would not grant bail to Smart.

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The accused is to return to court on October 16.

Smart is charged with murder, wounding with intent, assault, and illegal possession of a firearm.

He has been in custody since September 1 following the killing of 27-year-old Kay-Ann Lamont in Yallahs Square, St Thomas.

It’s reported that Lamont and the policeman got into an altercation after he attempted to arrest her for using indecent language.

During the scuffle, the pregnant woman was shot twice in the head.

She died on the spot.

Corporal Smart then reportedly shot Lamont’s sister in the shoulder.

It’s further reported that he attempted to shoot yet another sister but she escaped after running and hiding.